Sanchez, Woodhead take 'Madden 12' vote

Jake Long is no VCU. Steve Johnson couldn't pull a Butler.

There were no AFC East upsets in the "Madden NFL 12" cover tournament.

First-round voting closed Sunday, with New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez and New England Patriots running back Danny Woodhead advancing to the next round.

Sanchez eliminated Long in one of the closest first-round showdowns. Sanchez received 55 percent of the vote and has a much tougher Sweet 16 matchup against New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

Brees had more trouble than you would suspect with 56 percent of the vote against Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman.

Woodhead defeated Johnson convincingly with 62 percent of the vote. Woodhead is up against New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks. Woodhead is an interesting candidate because he has fans in both the New York and Boston markets.

The closest first-round winner was San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis at 54 percent over the Seattle Seahawks' 12th Man.

The biggest blowout was Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan at 89 percent over Carolina Panthers tackle Jordan Gross.